Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery

Posted October 9, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 15 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery
Why Not Tonight

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Series: Happily Inc #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by HQN Books
Released on September 18, 2018
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This was a new to me author that I jumped into the middle of the series on! Oh, my. Why Not Tonight was a story or forgiveness, with a side of sweet love and the connection to family. A happy city using weddings as a way to thrive, but also an art culture that inspires you to create.


I don’t believe I have read a Susan Mallery book before. I know she has a few series I have looked at, but until recently I just haven’t had time to investigate her. So what do I do about that? I jump into a series that is on book three. Yep, I skipped two books to jump into this one.

Natalie helps run the administrative side of the local art gallery. When one of their artists doesn’t return phone calls or check in, she heads up to his house to check on him….in the middle of a really bad storm. Needless to say, she makes it up there in her dilapidated car when it gets stuck. Hiking to the house, she only gets the door answered when a mudslide takes her car over the side of the mountain. Doing a happy dance, Ronan has no idea how to take Natalie’s glee.

Ronan has lost his mojo. A well known glass artist, he can’t seem to find the will to create. When Natalie shows up, he realizes he left his phone at the studio and can’t believe she would come up to check on him. Nor can he believe her happiness at losing her car until she explains that she can get a new one with the insurance money….a new on in red!

The story seems to moves slowly through time and you get a lot more head time than dialog time. Natalie and Ronan start feel attraction while they are stuck at his house for a few days. He won’t do anything about it because she is his guest. She want’s to do something, but feels rebuffed. The two though, learn a lot about each other and the artistic mediums they both use for their work. Ronan is an established well paid artist, while Natalie is just starting and struggling.

We weave in an out of the lives of several residents of the town and learn why Ronan has lost faith in his life and his family. This seems to be the biggest road block between the two as Natalie had the exact opposite relationship with her now deceased mother. Natalie is ready to move onto the love of life even if she doesn’t know how to be lucky at love. She wants a baby, but isn’t in a place in her life to support one. You can see she just wants a family. Someone to have an attachment too, while Ronan is giving up the gift he has over a lie his parents kept hidden.

While I enjoyed most of the story, the pacing felt off. There was loving scene and then there were more fade to black scenes. I loved the focus on characters, but it seemed the story moved in slow motion with both characters grappling to find what they want from life, art, love and family.

There is some drama, but it is kept to a minimum making this an easy story to like, but not feel passionate about. I am glad I gave it a try and maybe I will pick up another one soon.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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3 years ago

I’m a fan of Mallery and read her books for years, but even though I still pick them up, I haven’t read any in awhile. Sounds like this one didn’t work out as well for you, but perhaps her other novels will work out a little better, Shari. Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

3 years ago

This one looks nice and quite light so maybe. I haven’t tried this author either

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I think I won one from this series in a prize pack. The wedding town part rings a bell. Now and then these easy going slow movers are just the thing, but I really have to be in the mood or I can’t get into them. Yay for trying a new to you author.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Susan Mallery is one of those authors that I keep meaning to read but have never quite gotten around to actually doing it. The set up to the story sounds good so it is too bad about the pacing issues.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I’ve enjoyed Mallory previously, but it has been a spell. Sorry this felt off. If I remember correctly her series need to be read in order or there is a disconnect.

3 years ago

I’ve read one of her books a few years ago and felt about the same. It was sweet but nothing that stood out.

But sometimes those kinds of reads are what I need so I’ll keep this one in mind.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I haven’t read this author but the books sounds like it was ok.

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

Lovely review you have here! I have been wanting to try this author out, and I am curious about how she wrote the fade to black scenes. Each author does them differently.

3 years ago

I haven’t read her either but this one does sound okay. Glad you enjoyed it for the most part 🙂